Fiber Length in Normal and Foxtail <i>Pinus Caribaea</i> Mor.


  • William W. Moschler
  • Frank W. Woods
  • Lawrence W. Vincent


<i>Pinus caribaea</i> Mor, fiber length, foxtails


Carribbean pine often develops a foxtail form when planted in tropical and subtropical locations. The normal procedure in many plantations is to destroy these trees, partly because it is thought they are of low wood quality. Since as many as 50% of the trees in a location may be affected by foxtailing, this procedure represents a huge loss, especially in areas where survival is already very low.

This study was undertaken to determine if foxtailing lowers the fiber length of the affected tree. Ten normal and ten foxtails were sampled at two heights for fiber length. It was found that fibers from foxtail trees were on the average 13.5% longer than from normal trees growing in the same location.


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